May 22, 2022

Texas manhunt in second week with no signs of escapee #GonzaloLopez #TexasDepartmentofCorrection

Texas manhunt in second week with no signs of escapee #GonzaloLopez #TexasDepartmentofCorrection

Texas manhunt in second week with no signs of escapee #GonzaloLopez  #TexasDepartmentofCorrection


 A convicted murderer who was being transported in a Texas prison bus last Thursday allegedly cut through metal, attacked an officer and ran into woods nearby.  He has not been seen since -- prompting what officials say is one of the largest search efforts for an escaped inmate in the state's history.  Gonzalo Lopez, 46, has been convicted of capital murder, attempted capital murder and aggravated kidnapping, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.  He was added to the state's 10 Most Wanted Fugitives List, with authorities offering up to $50,000 for information that leads to his capture.  Here's what we know about Lopez and his escape.  He was serving two life sentences Convicted in Texas of two counts of aggravated assault in 1996, Lopez received two eight-year sentences, according to the state's public safety department. In 2006, he was convicted of capital murder and aggravated kidnapping and sentenced to life in prison, the department said.  The following year, he was handed a second life sentence for an attempted capital murder conviction, according to the department.  "He's got a life sentence for a capital murder, where he killed a man with a pickaxe and he's also gotten an attempted capital murder conviction for shooting a gun at a police officer," Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesperson Robert Hurst said at a Friday news conference. "He's somebody who is very dangerous."  Lopez also had several other offenses on his record dating back to at least 1994, according to TDCJ records.  He is affiliated with the Mexican Mafia and has ties to the Rio Grande Valley area -- including Weslaco and Mercedes -- and San Antonio, the state's public safety department said.

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